Library

The first library in  Muleshoe was started by the Muleshoe Study club and the 1939 Study Club.  The first recorded date for library salary was September 1942.  At that time it was called the Bailey County Library and was located in the Bailey County Court House.  It was open three afternoons a week.

The Muleshoe Area Public Library  opened August 10, 1964.  The library was open 24 hours a week.  On September 10, 1968 the citizens of Muleshoe approved a $40,000 bond issue to construct a new library. A $50,000 construction grant was later received from the Texas State Library.  Our 6000 square ft. octagon-shaped building opened December 15, 1971.

The library has been the proud recipient of 2 Tocker Foundation grants, 3 Texas Book Festival grants, 2 Frank Dobie grants, 3 Telecommunication Infrastructure Fund grants and 2 Libri Foundation grants.

The library has 18,070 materials including books, videos, audios and sound recordings.  This does not include magazines, paperbacks or 16mm films.  Annuals from the different community schools are also available.

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am to 6 pm

Collections:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Southwest Collection
  • Children's Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Current Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Audio Books - Cassettes and CDs

Meeting Room:  A media room is available for public use.  Reservations must be made prior to date of use.

Computer Access:

  • Seven public Internet terminals
  • Three laptops for use in the meeting room and library
  • Must be registered to use
  • Registration requires picture ID

Children's Programs:

  • Summer Reading Club in June
  • Storytime - every Tuesday 4-5 pm

Cards/Borrowing:

  • Cards issued to residents with Texas ID card/Driver's License
  • TexShare cards issued to patrons of good standing upon request
  • TexShare cards from member libraries honored
  • Loan Star privileges to out-of-town patrons with proof of Texas residency
  • Borrowing period is 14 days; some restrictions apply

Services:

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Free Internet access for registered users
  • Automated checkout
  • Public access photocopier:  15 cents per copy
  • Public Fax: 
    • Local - 10 cents per page
    • In Area Code - 50 cents per page
    • Out of area Code - $1.00 per page